Rev. Dennis L. Payton, 69, Mooresville, passed away peacefully at his home on July 21, 2023, after a well fought battle with stomach cancer. Dennis was born December 8, 1953, in LaGrange, Kentucky, to the late Rev. L.D. and Dorothy (Shearer) Payton. Dennis married his beloved wife, Tammy, on March 18, 1975, and she survives.
Dennis graduated from Circle High School, Asbury College, and from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He enjoyed a 44-year career as a minister in the United Methodist Church. Dennis served at the Crothersville United Methodist Church and the Cana United Methodist Church in Jackson County, Indiana from 1977-83. From 1983-2005, he served in Loogootee. In 2005, he was transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Mooresville, where he served for 16 years, until his retirement in 2021.
In addition to his love for the church and ministering, Dennis had an incredible affection and appreciation for horses. Dennis spent much time riding horses, breaking horses, and ministering to many friends while on horseback. He loved to spend time with his family and make memories, especially with his grandchildren. Dennis was proud of the three generations of Payton men, including his father, and his two sons, who serve in the United Methodist Church. Dennis’ memory will be cherished by a loving family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Tammy; sons, Rev. Andrew D. (Leslie) Payton and Rev. Daniel L. (Sarah) Payton; sister, Leslee D. Payton; grandchildren, Jayden, Paige, and Ella Payton; Emily, Carter, and Luke Payton.
Dennis’ Life Celebration® Visitation and Funeral Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 900 N. Indianapolis Road, Mooresville. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 27, 2023, 1 to 3 p.m., with the service following at 3 p.m. The service will be officiated by Rev. Dr. Amber Karkosky-Litten and Revs. Andrew and Daniel Payton. Immediately following the service, the family will depart for the burial and committal service that will take place at 5:30 p.m., in Truelove Church Cemetery, Martin County. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church; Envelopes will be available at the service. Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the family. Visit www.CarlisleBranson.com to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.